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March in book reviews

YAY another month has past and my reading wrap up is late again! Are we surprised? Not one bit. OK so I read 7 books in March, same as last month, apparently it is my number. I read two fantasies, one thriller, one contemporary, two children’s books and one classic. So a pretty varied month. I had a good reading month, my average rating being 4.3 stars. However, unlike last month, I had no all time favorites, but I didn’t have any disappointing reads either. So here are the seven books I read in March.

 

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.The girl in 6E by A.R. Torre. 4 stars.

This is a thriller about a cam girl with murderous tendencies. It’s sounds like a weird premise but I had heard good things about this book so I decided to pick it up. It was overall a good thriller, I liked the plot, but I had a couple of issues with it. Firstly, I wasn’t expecting it to be this erotic, I know it is actually an erotic thriller which is fine but I didn’t actually know that before picking it up and I wasn’t mentally prepared for the graphic details of her job as a cam girl. But that was just my fault really. The real issue I had was with a few passages that weren’t very believable to me. Like a scene where she attacks a guy to try and kill him and she happens to be naked and the guy gets turned on. I just find it very hard to believe that someone could be turned on while someone was trying to murder them. Also this guy seemed not that phased with the fact that she had just tried to kill him. And the main characters story is that she has to lock herself in her apartment so she doesn’t kill anyone, but when she does end up leaving her flat it doesn’t seem to bother her that much. A part from those issues (I always ask myself a million questions while reading a book), this thriller was enjoyable, and I got through it pretty fast. I think it is worth a read and I am interested in pursuing the series.

 

.Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic by J.K Rowling and The British Library. 4 stars.

This is a informative book on the building of the magical world of Harry Potter, from the writing of the characters to the inspiration taken from actual history of magic. This was a really interesting read, I loved seeing the links with our history, and how witches were viewed. My favorite part was the pages of the original first draft of harry potter, we got to read parts that were cut out or modified. I also loved reading all the authors notes, like when she was figuring out the names of the teachers and some were completely different to the story we know. The only part of this book that I liked a little less were the “fun activities” for children, like little magical DIYs. I can understand the fun for the kids but it kind of took away from my enjoyment of the book.

 

.Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. 4.25 stars.

This is the second book in the Grisha Trilogy, so I’m not going to tell you too much about it because SPOILERS. So if you want to more about what it’s about you can check out my February book reviews where I reviewed the first book. I liked this book better than the first one, I didn’t find the main characters as irritating and I really loved to new characters that were introduced. Needless to day I was really hooked on what was happening in this book and I really enjoyed it. It isn’t perfectly written but it is an enjoyable read and I recommend it.

 

. Emma by Jane Austen. 4.25-4.5 Stars?

Ahh Jane Austen. I love her so much. I love her writing, especially how she writes characters. She just amazes me. For the writing this is a 5 stars. However I think this lost points for the plot. Emma is a young woman who doesn’t want to get married, and I don’t really want to give more away than that. What I think this needed was editing. This is a LONG book and I find at times it got confusing with the number of characters and I think it could have lost a good 100 pages. I still haven’t found another book at the level of Pride and Prejudice. But this is still a must read, as I think all Jane Austen books are. I also was living for the gay undertones in this book and I may be doing an entire separate blog post on this subject.

 

.The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. 4.5 stars.

Well I am a bit late on this one. I still managed to read this without having had any spoilers. I don’t think I need to say what this is about. Love story with cancer. There. So I was skeptical about this because it had been SO HYPED UP. Probably the most hyped up book I have ever read. Except maybe Harry Potter. And I am not a very emotional person, especially when it comes to fiction, it just doesn’t affect me that much. But this hit me so hard in the feels. It was beautiful and sad and funny and heartbreaking and did I mention emotional? I didn’t care much for the storyline following the author (who wrote the main character’s favorite book), and this isn’t an all time favorite, but definitely lives up to the hype and worth the read.

 

.The Kiss of Deception by Mary. E. Pearson. 4.5 stars.

This book is about a young princess who is supposed to get married to someone she has never met but decides to run away. I really enjoyed this book. This is a romance in a fantasy world but the romance wasn’t the best part for me. The romance was good, not cheesy or anything, it was good. But what I loved the most was the friendship between the two female characters. Like real friendship between women, it was so lovely and something rarely seen in books (we too often have rivalry between women in fiction). And I really loved seeing a princess living her life as a serving girl and learning to be that person. I was a slow paced book that was character based so my favorite kind of book! I read this in a reading slump so I don’t even think I enjoyed this as much as I could have. But I still really enjoyed it and can’t wait to continue in the series.

 

.Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A.Milne. 4.75 stars.

I picked this out of my reading jar and I am so happy that I did. I really love children’s stories, especially classics. And what I loved about the writing was the little funny ironic moments like the explanation of what “living under the name of …” meant. The writing reminded me of the style of Alice in Wonderland. The only reason Alice in Wonderland is an all time favorite and I gave this 4.5 stars is that Winnie-the-Pooh is a collection of short stories, and I prefer one entire story. This was cute, and funny and sweet and sad at times. It’s one of those books that makes you feel warm inside when you read it. It also brought back all the memories from my childhood when my parents would read this to me. Really, really lovely.

 

So there we are, my March reads. 2355 pages in total.

 
I would like to stress that my ratings are based on my enjoyment of the book, although objectively some books are better written than others, but I still may have enjoyed them equally. For example, Emma is extremely well written and it seems impossible to compare it to Siege and Storm. But they are two completely different stories and I based it on pure subjective enjoyment.

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